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Exercise 3:

Please read all the questions in the table below (12-21) as one continuous passage. Tick the varb with right tense or the correct word to fill in the gaps in each of the sentences.


12) A famous singer had been contracted to sign at a Paris opera house & ticket sales_______________ booming.

a) is b) are c) were d) have been

13) In fact, the night of the concert, the house was packed; every ticket ________________

a) is selling b) was selling c) sold d) had been sold

14) The feeling of anticipation & excitement was in the air as the house manager__________ the stage & said, “Ladies & gentlemen, thank you for your enthusiastic support!

a) took b) takes c) had taken d) was taking

15) I am afraid that due to illness, the man whom you’ve all come to hear________________ performing tonight

a) will not be b) has not been c) had not been d) was not

16) However, we _________ a suitable substitute who, we hope, will provide you with comparable entertainment.”

a) are finding b) were finding c) had found d) have found

17) The crowd____________ in disappointment & failed to hear the announcer mention the stand-in’s name

a) groans b) groaned c) had groaned d) were groaning

18) The environment turned from excitement to frustration The stand-in performer__________ the performance everything he had.

a) will give b) had given c) gave d) gives

19) When he had finished, there was nothing but an uncomfortable silence. No one _____________

a) Applauded b) Applauds c) Was applauding d) Has applauded

20) Suddenly, from the balcony, a little boy stood up and____________, “Daddy, I think you’re wonderful!”

a)shouts b) was shouting c) had shouted d) shouted

21) The crowd_________________ into thunderous applause

a) breaks b) broke c) had broken d) was breaking

a) Driving long distances causes sleepiness, & sleepiness causes serious accidents.

Exercise 4: From each group of sentences given below, indicate the sentence that contains the error:

22) Group 1

b) On a table at the rear of the room was a notebook, a pair of scissors, & a biology textbook

c) Finally, there seems to be a growing interest in vegetarianism in this country

d) Either the local chief of police or his officers are guilty of violating the rights of prisoners

23) Group 2

a) Simple cookbooks for inexperienced cooks have become quite popular in recent years they are available at many bookstores

b) Some cookbooks, such as The Joy of cooking, have been classics for generations

c) One popular cookbook is The Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child, a colorful character who charmed television audiences for many years

d) The Art of French Cooking blends classic recipes with meticulous explanation; ordinary cooks find the recipes manageable

24) Group 3

a) Around 50% of the forest are destroyed every year

b) The bus leaves tomorrow morning

c) A tiger is a dangerous animal

d) Can you please the sugar?

25) Group 4

a) There must be some mistake. I should have scored more marks

b) The number of trainees are hundred

c) 50% of the houses need repairs

d) The Commissioner, along with his family members was seen the party

26) Group 5

a) The scissors is very sharp

b) Congratulations are in order

c) One of the cases is open

d) She plays tennis well but she’ll never be a Steffi Graf

Exercise 5:

Please mark the correct statement from the pairs given below:

27) Pair 1

a) Repeated occurrences cannot be ignored

b) Repeated occurences cannot be ignored

28) Pair 2

a) We need to get a consensus on the decision

b) We need to get a concensus on the decision

29) Pair 3

a) Only authority personnel are allowed in this area

b) Only authorized personnel are allowed in this area

30) Pair 4

a) The actress decided to sue the sleazy tabloid for deformation of her character

b) The actress decided to sue the sleazy tabloid for defamation of her character

31) Pair 5

a) Everyone knows that Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series is a mythical school

b) Everyone knows that Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series is a legendary school

32) Pair 6 a) Most people think caffeine is not good for health

b) Most people think caffiene is not good for health

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